Licensed to care for injured and orphaned wildlife, she is determined to smuggle a homicidal Bald Eagle out of her husband’s private zoo in Florida, reunite the bird with its mate, and get them both to an eagle sanctuary in Canada. Hot on her trail is her furious husband, his bodyguards, the police, conservation officials, and an expert government tracker; aiding and abetting her is a smitten young tech guy, a lethal Navy SEAL turned panther advocate, and an underground railroad of wildlife rescuers intent on protecting one of their own. Waiting in Ontario is a legendary old eco-warrior more than willing to provide refuge…as long as Luna can make it across the border.
1. Do you always take a book/e-reader wherever you go?
Yes! Or an audiobook – I listen to a lot of books on tape (as long as the narrator is good). Sometimes the narrator is so good it gives the book a whole new dimension.
2. Say someone asks if they can use your name in a book. Would you rather be the ‘good one’ or the ‘bad one’?
I’d rather be the ‘good one!’ When I was growing up my brother was the good one, so I’d like to switch roles.
3. Where can I find you when you are reading?
In the winter in front of a fire, in the summer outside on the porch. Both are perfect places from which to be transported into another world. I will read just about anywhere, though.
4. Where can I find you when you are not writing/reading?
I live in a mountainous little rural area an hour and a half north of New York City. You can find me hiking through the woods, it’s where I find my best ideas.
5. Can you walk past a bookstore without going inside?
If I’m in a big hurry I can do it – as long as I don’t look in the window. Once I look in the window and catch sight of an interesting-looking book, it’s all over…there goes my resolve, and I’m going to be late!
6. What are you most proud of?
My kids. They are both brave, strong, and kind. They’ve been through tough times and come out ahead.
7. What goes through your mind when you hold your new book in your hands for the first time?
Relief! This is followed closely by panic. I think, how on earth did I pull that off? And then I think, there is no way I’ll ever be able to write another one.
8. What piece of advice would you give to aspiring writers?
Don’t give up! It is so very difficult to be a writer. The work that goes into it is enormous, and like being an actor, you have to face so many rejections. The trick is finding people who are good at giving you moral support.
9. Who would you like/have liked to interview?
Amelia Earhart – she lived her short life so fully!
10. When and where do you prefer to write?
It took years of practice, but I can write whenever I have the opportunity. Whether or not it’s any good is another question! As to where… I can’t sit still for long, so I start off sitting at the kitchen table, then I carry my laptop to the counter and work standing up. Then I sit crosslegged on the living room couch, then I prop myself up on the bed. Sometimes I lie on the floor on my back and balance my computer on my knees. You can see how irritating it can be to live with me…
Thank you, Suzie Gilbert and Love Books Group
About the author
Hi, I’m Suzie Gilbert. I’m a wildlife rehabilitator and author.I live in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley, am passionate about wildlife, and have been working with wild birds for nearly 30 years. I hope you will join me in my quest to raise awareness of how humans and wildlife can coexist in better ways.
I’ve written a memoir about the slippery slope all rehabbers eventually slide down, called Flyaway: How a Wild Bird Rehabber Sought Adventure and Found Her Wings (HarperCollins); a children’s book, Hawk Hill (Chronicle Books); and numerous articles, op-ed pieces, and blogs.
My new book, Unflappable, is a funny, dark, sexy adventure about a wildlife rehabber on the run with an eagle, with her soon-to-be-ex-husband and the authorities hot on her trail.
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Unflappable-Novel-adventure-unconventional-characters-ebook/dp/B0852981Z6/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Suzie+Gilbert&qid=1586166438&s=digital-text&sr=1-1